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Retired, With Mortgage

I’d always thought, and advised others, that to retire, one should have their mortgage paid in full. And that was always my own plan. But, anyone who knows finance knows that you can’t plan on an exact stock market return, you can’t plan on your own health being excellent, nor your marriage outlasting your mortgage. [...]

Student Loans and Your First Mortgage

Is it wise to have no debt at all when you are planning a mortgage in the not-too-distant future? That’s what I was pondering after a blogger I follow was considering wiping out her student loan. If you’ve not read Stephanie’s blog, Graduated Learning, you might give it a try. The tag line is “I [...]

A Government Shutdown Roundup

Given the recent events in Washington, it’s appropriate to start this week with Roger Wohlner’s Some Stock Market Perspective amid the Government Shutdown. Roger talks about the long term, and how short term bits of news or craziness in Washington get lost in the noise when we look at decades of data. Check out his [...]

A Fall 2013 Roundup

A busy week, with some great articles to discuss. At Bargaineering, Miranda gave some guidelines on How to choose between a traditional 401(k) and a Roth 401(k). It takes a bit of math and analysis to calculate the better option, and Miranda’s advice helps provide some insight to this process. At Monevator, Why I’m not [...]

A Late Summer 2013 Roundup

I’ve been away for a bit, but still reading my fellow finance bloggers, so here’s my latest roundup of the ones that really impressed me – Let’s start with The best mortgage term: 10 years at Preretired.org. Preretired Nick makes a great case for what now appears to be an ultrashort term loan. You see, [...]

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